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Caravans by Night: A Romance of India by Harry Hervey is a captivating literary journey through the vibrant and enigmatic landscapes of India during the early 20th century. Immersed in the mystical allure of ancient palaces, exotic bazaars, and the splendid caravan routes, the author invites readers on a richly textured exploration of love, adventure, and cultural clashes.

Set against the backdrop of India's golden era, Hervey's prose paints a vivid picture of the country's diverse tapestry of beliefs, traditions, and aspirations. The book follows the story of Captain Hugo de Stancy, a British officer stationed in India, who finds himself questioning his own identity and purpose in this captivating land. As he encounters the fascinating world of Indian royalty, freedom fighters, and nomadic desert tribes, Hugo embarks on a transformative journey that challenges his preconceived notions and stirs his soul.

One of the book's strongest aspects lies in Hervey's remarkable ability to seamlessly blend elements of history, romance, and adventure. He deftly captures the tensions between the colonial powers and the people of India, whose ambitions for independence simmer in the background. Through intricate character development and eloquent dialogue, the author crafts a narrative that engages readers emotionally and intellectually.

As the romance element intertwines with the larger narrative, Hervey expertly explores the complexities of love and desire in a multicultural context. The blossoming relationship between Hugo and Princess Anjoulika, a vibrant Indian princess fiercely rooted in her country's heritage, serves as a vehicle for examining the clash between tradition and modernity. This theme resonates deeply in a world where cultural norms and societal expectations shape personal choices.

Moreover, Hervey showcases an impressive understanding of Indian culture, traditions, and folklore, imbuing the story with an atmospheric blend of mysticism and authenticity. From breathtaking descriptions of majestic palaces to immersive portrayal of colorful wedding rituals, the novel transports readers to a bygone era, evoking a sensory experience that lingers long after the final page.

If there is a minor drawback to the book, it lies in the occasionally sluggish pacing. Some sections feel slightly drawn out, with detailed descriptions and historical context occasionally overpowering the forward momentum of the plot. However, this can be seen as a testament to the author's dedication to bringing India's rich history and culture to life.

In conclusion, Caravans by Night: A Romance of India by Harry Hervey is a mesmerizing tale that seamlessly weaves romance, adventure, and cultural exploration. With its evocative prose and well-drawn characters, the book transports readers on an unforgettable journey through the heart of India. Hervey's deep reverence for the country is evident in every page, making this novel a must-read for those seeking an immersive and enchanting literary experience.

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Caravans By Night

A ROMANCE OF INDIA

BY HARRY HERVEY

GROSSET & DUNLAP PUBLISHERS NEW YORK

Made in the United States of America

Copyright, 1922, by

THE CENTURY CO.

PRINTED IN U. S. A.

"... Weave me a tale of Romance and Adventure weave it on the loom of Asia; fine threads in the shuttle ... that we who only read may feel the glare and glamour of those spicy, sweating cities; may feel the sheer spell of the stars and the far spaces at dusk ..."

THIS WORD TAPESTRY IS WOVEN FOR MY MOTHER

CONTENTS

I THE EDGE OF THE RIPPLE

II DELHI

III A PIECE OF CORAL

IV HOUSE OF THE SWAYING COBRA

V INTERLUDE

VI HSIEN SGAM

VII THE VERMILION ROOM

VIII "BEYOND THE MOON"

IX FEVER

X CARAVAN

XI CITY OF THE FALCON

XII LHAKANG GOMPA

XIII FALCON'S NEST

XIV GYANGTSE

CARAVANS BY NIGHT

CHAPTER I

THE EDGE OF THE RIPPLE

If you go to the Great Bazaar, which lies west of the Old Palace at Indore, you will see him sitting upon a cushion in his alcove like shop, a very magnificent figure in flowing robes and gold edged turban.

You will find him busy, whether you visit the bazaar in mid morning or in the afternoon; or even after sunset, when lamps embroider the lacework of lanes and alleys... Continue reading book >>




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